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Tim Johnson


Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 7, 1997
Serving with John Thune
Preceded by Larry Pressler
Succeeded by Incumbent (2009)

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's At-Large district
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1997
Preceded by Tom Daschle
Succeeded by John Thune

Born December 28, 1946 (1946-12-28) (age 60)
Canton, South Dakota
Political party Democratic
Spouse Barbara Brooks
Alma mater University of South Dakota
Religion Lutheran

Timothy Peter Johnson (born December 28, 1946) is the senior United States Senator from South Dakota, and a member of the Democratic Party. He was the subject of national attention in December 2006 when his ill health raised the possibility that, were he to die, the South Dakota governor might appoint a Republican to fill his seat, thus returning the Senate to Republican control after elections which had given the Democratic Party a slim majority. Image File history File links Tim_Johnson,_official_photo_as_senator. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Politics Portal      The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the... Official language(s) English Capital Pierre Largest city Sioux Falls Area  Ranked 17th  - Total 77,163 sq mi (199,905 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 380 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... For the ecclesiastical office, see Incumbent (ecclesiastical). ... is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... John Randolph Thune (born January 7, 1961) is the junior U.S. Senator from the state of South Dakota. ... Larry Lee Pressler (b. ... The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. ... Official language(s) English Capital Pierre Largest city Sioux Falls Area  Ranked 17th  - Total 77,163 sq mi (199,905 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 380 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... South Dakotas at-large district. ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Thomas Andrew Daschle (born December 9, 1947) is a former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader from South Dakota. ... John Randolph Thune (born January 7, 1961) is the junior U.S. Senator from the state of South Dakota. ... is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Canton is a city located in Lincoln County, South Dakota. ... Official language(s) English Capital Pierre Largest city Sioux Falls Area  Ranked 17th  - Total 77,163 sq mi (199,905 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 380 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... The University of South Dakota is the state’s oldest university founded in 1862, although classes didnt start until 1882. ... The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a mainline Protestant denomination headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. ... is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Politics Portal      The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the... Official language(s) English Capital Pierre Largest city Sioux Falls Area  Ranked 17th  - Total 77,163 sq mi (199,905 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 380 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ...


Johnson was born in Canton, South Dakota to Ruth Jorinda Ljostveit and Vandel Charles Johnson.[1] He was raised in Vermillion, Johnson earned a B.A. in 1969 and an M.A. in 1970, from the University of South Dakota, where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. After doing post-graduate studies at Michigan State University from 1970 to 1971, he earned his J.D. from the University of South Dakota in 1975. He served in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 1979 to 1982 and in the South Dakota Senate from 1983 to 1986. He served as Clay County deputy state’s attorney in 1985. He served in the United States House of Representatives, representing South Dakota at-large, from 1987 to 1997. Canton is a city located in Lincoln County, South Dakota. ... Vermillion is a small town in the southeast corner of South Dakota, USA, and the tenth largest city in the state. ... A B.A. issused as a certificate Bachelor of Arts (B.A., BA or A.B.), from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus is an undergraduate bachelors degree awarded for either a course or a program in the liberal arts or the sciences, or both. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The University of South Dakota is the state’s oldest university founded in 1862, although classes didnt start until 1882. ... Delta Tau Delta (ΔΤΔ, DTD, or Delts) is a U.S.-based international college fraternity. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ... Doctor of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, or Juris Doctor (abbreviated J.D. or JD, from the Latin, Teacher of Law) is a professional degree in law offered by universities in a number of countries. ... The University of South Dakota is the state’s oldest university founded in 1862, although classes didnt start until 1882. ... The South Dakota State Legislature meets at the state capitol in Pierre. ... The South Dakota State Legislature meets at the state capitol in Pierre. ... The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...

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United States Senate elections

Johnson defeated three-term Senator Larry Pressler (R) in the 1996 U.S. Senate election, making him the only Senate candidate to defeat an incumbent in a year that saw thirteen open seats. In 2002, he defeated his successor in the at-large House seat, U.S. Representative John Thune (R), by 524 votes to win re-election. His close margin of victory was made possible by final returns from Shannon County on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which reported twice the turnout of the previous election and 92% votes for Johnson. His re-election race was widely seen as a proxy battle between President George W. Bush, who had carried South Dakota comfortably in 2000, and the state's senior Senator and Johnson's fellow Democrat, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, who was subsequently up for re-election in 2004 and lost to Thune. Larry Lee Pressler (b. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ...  Republican holds  Republican pickups  Democratic holds  Democratic pickups The U.S. Senate election, 1996 was an election for United States Senate which coincided with the re-election of Bill Clinton as president. ...  Republican hold  Republican pickup  Democratic holdhttp://en. ... John Randolph Thune (born January 7, 1961) is the junior U.S. Senator from the state of South Dakota. ... Shannon County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. ... Oglala Sioux tribal flag Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (Oglala Oyanke in Lakota) is an Oglala Sioux Native American reservation located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. ... For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... In the United States presidential election of 2000 Republican George W. Bush gained the US Presidency over Democrat Al Gore after the United States Supreme Court in Bush v. ... The Senate Majority Leader is a member of the United States Senate who is elected by the party conference which holds the majority in the Senate to serve as the chief Senate spokesman for his or her party and to manage and schedule the legislative and executive business of the... Thomas Andrew Daschle (born December 9, 1947) is a former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader from South Dakota. ...  Republican holds  Republican pickups  Democratic holds  Democratic pickups The United States Senate election, 2004 was an election for one-third of the seats in the United States Senate which coincided with the re-election of George W. Bush as president and the United States House election, as well as many...


In spite of his recent illness (see "Health" section below), Johnson's chief of staff has announced they hired leading political strategist Steve Jarding for Johnson's re-election campaign for the 2008 Senate election.[2] Steve Jarding is one of the leading political operatives in the Democratic Party who worked at the highest levels in state-wide and national political campaigns. ... Senator Tim Johnson had brain surgery in December 2006. ...


United States Senate

Sen. Johnson (second from right) answers questions after he helped prevent the closure of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. Left to right: Governor M. Michael Rounds, Rep. Stephanie Herseth, Johnson and Sen. John Thune.

While in the House, Johnson was among the minority of his party to vote in favor of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 — a welfare reform bill — and another bill to repeal the ban on semiautomatic weapons. He was among the minority of Democrats to vote for Bush's 2001 tax cut. On January 31, 2006, Johnson was one of only four Democrats to vote to confirm Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also called for "broadened use" of the death penalty.[3] Image File history File links TIMSD.jpg‎ Source: http://www. ... Image File history File links TIMSD.jpg‎ Source: http://www. ... Ellsworth Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base near Rapid City, South Dakota and is home to the B-1B Lancer. ... Marion Michael Mike Rounds (born October 24, 1954) is an American politician. ... Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (born December 3, 1970) is an American lawyer and Democratic politician, currently serving as the sole member of the House of Representatives from South Dakota. ... John Randolph Thune (born January 7, 1961) is the junior U.S. Senator from the state of South Dakota. ... The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Pub. ... ... The Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) was a provision of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, a federal law of the United States that included a prohibition on the sale of semi-automatic assault weapons manufactured after the date of the bans enactment. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries  Atlas  Politics Portal      The Supreme Court of the United States (sometimes colloquially referred to by the acronym... Capital punishment in the United States is officially sanctioned by 38 of the 50 states, as well as by the federal government and the military. ...


Johnson was, however, among the minority of senators to vote against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which was strongly supported by pro-life groups. While a member of the House, he was one of only 16 congressmen to vote against the Telecom Act of 1996, which provided for deregulation and competition in the communication sector and was given firm support by Republicans, business groups, and most Democrats. Signing ceremony at the White House, April 1, 2004. ... This article is about the social movement. ... The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was the first major overhaul of United States telecommunications policy in nearly 62 years, modifying earlier legislation, primarily the Communications Act of 1934. ... Deregulation is the process by which governments remove, reduce, or simplify restrictions on business and individuals in order to (in theory) encourage the efficient operation of markets. ...


In May 2007, Senator Johnson received an Honored Cooperator award from the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) for his support of cooperative businesses. Founded in 1916, the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) is a United States membership organization for cooperatives, businesses that are jointly-owned and democratically-controlled. ...


Paul Hazen, NCBA president, made the presentation to Johnson’s staff at the NCBA annual meeting in Arlington, Va. Hazen praised the South Dakota Democrat for consistently supporting the Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG) program, which creates jobs and bolsters the rural economy through cooperative business. Typically funded at $6 million annually, the RCDG program is the only federal grants program devoted solely to forming and expanding co-ops. His elder son, Brooks, serves in the U.S. Army, making him the only Senator with a child in the U.S. Armed Forces when America invaded Iraq. Michael Moore stated in his film Fahrenheit 9/11 that only one member of the Senate had a son serving in the military at the time; Moore was referring to Johnson, although he didn't mention his name. He and his wife Barbara, a professional social worker, have another son, Brendan, and a daughter, Kelsey. The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... The Military of the United States, also known as the United States Armed Forces, is structured into five branches consisting of the: United States Army United States Marine Corps United States Navy United States Air Force United States Coast Guard Reserves United States National Guard United States Army Reserve United... Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American political-activist, a film director, author, social commentator, and political humorist. ... Fahrenheit 9/11 is a controversial, award-winning documentary film by American left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore which presents a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush, the War on Terrorism, and its coverage in the American news media. ... Professional social workers are concerned with social problems, their causes, their solutions and their human impacts. ...


Health

Senator Johnson was treated for prostate cancer in 2004 and further tests showed that he was clear of the disease.[4][5]


In Washington, D.C., on December 13, 2006, during the broadcast of a live radio interview with WNAX radio in Yankton, South Dakota, Johnson suffered bleeding in the brain caused by cerebral arteriovenous malformation, a congenital problem that causes enlarged and tangled blood vessels. He underwent successful surgery at George Washington University Hospital to drain the blood and stop further bleeding.[6] As of January 19, 2007, Johnson was undergoing physical occupational and speech therapy every day for three hours. This included strengthening exercises to gain mobility and work with parallel bars. His recovery was expected to take "several months."[7] In his 2007 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush wished Johnson well.[8] For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... WNAX may refer to: WNAX-AM, a talk radio station from Yankton, South Dakota. ... Yankton is a city in Yankton County, South Dakota, USA. The population was 13,528 at the 2000 census. ... A cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a congenital disorder of blood vessels within the brain, characterized by tangle(s) of veins and arteries. ... The George Washington University (GWU) is a private university in Washington, D.C., founded in 1821 as The Columbian College. ... January 19 is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... George W. Bush during the speech, with Dick Cheney and Nancy Pelosi behind him. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ...


On February 10, it was reported that Senator Johnson was reading news clippings and starting to do some office work from the hospital. "At this point, he has requested more contact with office and is looking for updates from staff," a member of his staff said in a statement.[9] On February 15, Johnson co-sponsored his first piece of legislation since his hospitalization, the Emergency Farm Relief Act of 2007.[10] is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On February 20, he left the hospital and moved to a private facility.[11][12] On March 13, 2007, Johnson issued his first public statement, "I want to thank the people of South Dakota and all of our dear friends for their support and prayers. This has been an unexpected journey and there is a long road in front of me. I am determined and focused on my recovery, and I look forward to returning to the Senate on behalf of South Dakota."[13] Johnson was discharged from the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington on April 27.[14] On June 11, 2007, his doctor said that he would be able to resume his full duties in the Senate.[15] is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 72nd day of the year (73rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... April 27 is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 248 days remaining. ... is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Johnson returned to work in the Senate on September 5, 2007 to both tributes and standing ovations. It was reported that Democrats and Republicans alike had tears during his first speech on the Senate floor. [16] is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ...


Footnotes

  1. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~battle/senators/johnson.htm
  2. ^ "Ailing Johnson hires top campaign strategist", Associated Press/Sioux City Journal, January 20, 2007. 
  3. ^ Tim Johnson on the Issues. OnTheIssues.org. Retrieved on 2006-12-20. “Broaden use of death penalty. (Jan 1996)”
  4. ^ Biography of Senator Tim Johnson. Tim Johnson Senate website. Retrieved on 2006-12-20.
  5. ^ "Sen. Johnson recovering after brain surgery", MSNBC.com, Associated Press, 2006-12-14. Retrieved on 2006-12-23. “"He underwent prostate cancer treatment in 2004, and subsequent tests have shown him to be clear of the disease."” 
  6. ^ "Senator in Critical Condition", CNN.com. Retrieved on 2006-12-14. “Johnson, 59, was in critical condition Thursday morning after surgery...” 
  7. ^ Jalonick, Mary Clare. "Ailing South Dakota Senator on the Mend", CBS, The Associated Press, January 19, 2007. 
  8. ^ Bush, George W.. "President Bush's 2007 State of the Union Address", The Washington Post, January 23, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-01-24. 
  9. ^ "Recovering Sen. Tim Johnson Working from Hospital". February 10, 2007.
  10. ^ "Hospitalized Sen. Tim Johnson Co-Sponsors Bill". February 16, 2007
  11. ^ "Johnson Update", The Washington Post, The Associated Press, February 21, 2007, p. A13. Retrieved on 2007-03-19. 
  12. ^ http://www.http://thehill.com/content/view/60698/70/"Sen. Tim Johnson leaves hospital" By Sam Youngman, TheHill.com, February 21, 2007.
  13. ^ Sen. Tim Johnson: Thanks for Support and Prayers. March 13, 2007.
  14. ^ "Statement from the Office of Senator Johnson" April 30, 2007
  15. ^ Sen. Johnson's Doctor OKs Return to Work
  16. ^ Mlbank, Dana. "Senate Family Welcomes Cousin Tim . . . Not So Much Uncle Larry", Washington Post, September 6, 2007. 

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Preceded by
Tom Daschle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's At-large congressional district

19871997
Succeeded by
John Thune
Preceded by
Larry Pressler
United States Senator (Class 2) from South Dakota
1997
Served alongside: Tom Daschle, John Thune
Incumbent
Persondata
NAME Johnson, Timothy Peter
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Johnson, Tim
SHORT DESCRIPTION United States Senator from South Dakota
DATE OF BIRTH December 28, 1946
PLACE OF BIRTH Canton, South Dakota
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

 
 

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